the Rivers of Babylon
20 March 2004
the rivers of Babylon where we sat down and awaited the Babylonians and
their Midianite allies. The
Babylonians cowardly and meek by nature could not afford for us to plunder
and ravish their most productive lands and they did not disappoint us.
My father-in-law the Lion of Assyria took our right and would fight
in the closer terrain along the great riverbank whereas my Scythians and I
took the left and the more open plains.
We expected our enemies to deploy in a similar manner and this they
did. My horsemen were game for
more than camels and goats and my own right flank would also take on the
Babylonian right flank.
Midianite right was deployed behind a loop in the lesser river and it was my
plan to contain them there. In
the centre I intended to hold against their more numerous infantry whereas
on the right I would create carnage among the Midianite Camels and the small
Babylonian command. My
enemies played into my hands but even so the fates were not as kind to my
horsemen as they could have been. On
the left a mixture of bad luck and slow manoeuvre allowed the Midianites to
cross the river. The fierce
fighting left not only my Chieftain dead but also the Midianites in retreat.
In the centre I held due more to the slow advance of my enemy than
the skill of my troops but on the right my best horsemen showed their mettle
destroying the Midianites and Babylonians.
With my part played out and my men near spent we rested and awaited
the outcome of my father-in-law. But
that is his story to tell . . .